Norbert Tuyishime - EAFF Experience in ICT use by young agropreneurs

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Presentation made during Workshop on Supporting ICT-based Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Agriculture organised by CTA on 19-21 November 2013

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  • Register up to 2 million farmers on any value chain where we can address a 'post harvest' challenge
  • Norbert Tuyishime - EAFF Experience in ICT use by young agropreneurs

    1. 1. Experience of EAFF in ICT use by young Agropreneurs: Initiatives, challenges and opportunities, Arnhem, Netherlands Tuesday 19th November 2013
    2. 2. Profile of ICT use in Eastern Africa • Across the region ICT hubs/telecentres, esoko, mfarm, mshamba,; icow; etc • Kenya, Uganda ,(Rwanda) taking the lead • Initiatives largely consist of farmer-ICT-hubs/ centres, located near markets or collection centres frequented by the farmers. • Case of KLPA, Kenya SMS based platform to provide extension services, market information, etc
    3. 3. Challenges 1. Sustainability: separate entities working with farmers interests/incentives 2. Social norms: limited decisional capacity of young farmers to be heard in their groups 3. Educational capacities: ability to read, write, etc 4. The overall usage of Web 2.0 and Social Media in EAFF FOS is picking up though at a slow pace
    4. 4. Opportunities: EAFF e-Farming solution Farmers in Eastern Africa face a myriad of challenges: • Finance & capital • Input & Purchases • Post harvest management • Market access and information • Product traceability and quality assurance • Infrastructure shortcomings
    5. 5. Finance solution • A unified platform where Agricultural Finance Institutions can advertise targeted products by use of a database • • A market hub where EAFF can supply information and cluster farmers by type of produce in order to access finance
    6. 6. Inputs purchase • A database with a portal that allows input marketers, feeds, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides to advertise their products • A collective bargaining farming group filtered by type of farming allows for bulk purchasing and eases logistic costs
    7. 7. Post-harvest management • Bulk management by clustering farmers around type of produce(VCs) • Partnerships with logistics firms to manage transport • E-Warehousing in order to know what stocks to expect per location • Buyers portal in order to know what harvest is expected by market
    8. 8. Market information A market hub where: 1. Buyers can access geo information on farm produce availability 2. Buyers can engage EAFF to buy in bulk 3. Farmers in groups can better negotiate price 4. A direct link to farmers cuts out brokers
    9. 9. Product traceability and quality assurance • Identifying key metrics for each product requirement • Informing farmers of what they need to do in order to comply • Actively monitoring to ensure that farmers produce meets the expected requirements
    10. 10. Work a head Central Contact Center (10,000 farmers) • Registration: • a. Database • b. Mobile Communications Interface (WAP Application) • c. Basic Online View using CMS (Content Management System) • d. Online Registration e. Mobile WAP Registration Info Center & Billing (1,000,000 farmers) • 1. Member Billing • 2. Advertising • 3. Mobile Selling Bulk Sales (20,000,000 farmers) • 1. Bulk Buying • 2. eWarehouse • 3. Bulk Selling • 4. Online Info Center
    11. 11. End of Presentation For more information, please contact: Program Officer (Knowledge Management) Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation E-mail: norbert@eaffu.org Website: www.eaffu.org

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